The horrifying murder of a duke and his family sends Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats in a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.
Knight's Shadow is a dark swashbuckling tale of idealism and betrayal in a country crushed under the weight of its rulers' corruption. It is the second book in the Greatcoat's series that began with Traitor's Blade and comes out March 2015 from Quercus (U.S. & U.K.), Penguin (Canada), and Piper (Germany).
"An all-round brilliant fantasy debut, and one of the best I’ve read in a decade."
Civilian Reader - February 14th, 2014
"Traitor's Blade is the first 'new' fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations and for the reasons above takes its place in my top 25 of the year to date. "
Fantasy Book Critic - February 24th, 2014
"I adored these characters. I cannot wait for the sequel."
The BiblioSanctum - February 19th, 2014
"Some books you can’t put down. This one won’t even let you try; it whirls you along in a wild dance of fights, treachery, and jaw-dropping surprises."
Dave Duncan, award-winning author of King of Swords
The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse of course - their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the three of them are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening…
Sebastien de Castell's fantasy novel "Traitor's Blade" comes out in March 2014 from Quercus (US & UK) and Penguin (Canada)
Kellen Argos is cursed with the Shadowblack and on the run from his own family when the mysterious young queen of Darome promises him a cure in exchange for his protection. Kellen soon discovers that someone inside the nobility is plotting to take over the country. Now he has to find a way to outsmart the conspirators before they get to the queen over Kellen's dead body.
Spellslinger is heroic fantasy with a western flavour
A background in sword choreography doomed Sebastien to write books about swashbuckling heroes who get their asses handed to them. Occasionally there's a talking raccoon with a propensity for blackmail and murder thrown in for good measure.
You can reach him at his first name @ decastell dot com.
Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.
Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.
Great fantasy novels give us a perspective on people and themes that bypass the baggage of our daily lives. They don't just transport us to other worlds--they help us re-enchant the one we live in. That's my goal.
Sebastien de Castell's fantasy novel "Traitor's Blade" comes out in February 2014 from Quercus (US & UK) and Penguin (Canada)